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Vertikal6 Honored with PBN’s 2019 Business Excellence Award

PBN Business ExcellenceWARWICK, RI – [October 3, 2019] – Vertikal6, a full-service IT consultant serving the Greater New England area, announced today that it was selected to receive the Providence Business News Business Excellence Award in the Small Business Category. This follows on the heels of Providence Business News naming Vertikal6 a 2019 Innovative Company and a consecutive four-time Best Places to Work (2016-2019).

This premier business awards event recognizes leadership and general excellence at private and public companies as well as non-profit organizations.

“We are so humbled to be named the “best of the best” in the small business category this year by Providence Business News. What an honor!” said Rick Norberg, Vertikal6 CEO. “Our team is like family, and empowered to provide our clients with outstanding service every day.”

In addition to our one-year paid apprentice program, employees also benefit from substantial ongoing training, company-paid health coverage, 401K match, recognition programs, team events and incentives to give back to the community. Vertikal6 was also just named a 2019 Boston Best & Brightest Company to Work For.

“Our mission is to help our clients rise above their daily IT hassles and ignite growth within their organizations. Every day we’re focused on how we work and what we do by living by our six core values: Care Deeply, Innovate Relentlessly, Service Sincerely, Collaborate Feverishly, Listen Earnestly and Improve Eternally,” said Harry Curran, Vertikal6 COO. “We are proud of our values and believe they truly speak to the unique aspect and culture of our business.”

The winners will be recognized at the BEA dinner and ceremony at 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 7 at the Crowne Plaza Providence-Warwick. The complete list of 2019 winners includes organizations such as Brown University’s Robert J. and Nancy D. Carney Institute for Brain Science, (add)ventures, Lifespan Corp., American Heart Association and more.

 

About Vertikal6

Vertikal6 is a full-service IT consultant serving the Greater New England area. They offer IT Outsourcing, Professional Services, Hosting Services, Software Development and Help Desk to help their clients maximize revenue and uptime. As one of Providence Business News’ (PBN) fastest growing and most innovative companies in 2014 and 2019, a PBN Best Places to Work in 2016-2019, and a 2019 Boston Best & Brightest Company to Work For, they understand the impact of hard work and efficiency. They work hard to partner with their clients to understand the specific needs of their company and employees. To learn more about Vertikal6, visit www.vertikal6.com.

 

CONTACT:

Jennifer Giardino

Tel. 401-239-3900 Ext. 1

jennifer@hulafishcreative.com

 

Vertikal6 Named a 2019 Winner for Boston’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For®

BostonBBlogoWARWICK, RI – [October 1, 2019] – Vertikal6, a full-service IT consultant serving the Greater New England area, announced today that it was selected as one of Boston’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For®. The competition identifies and honors companies that excel at employee relations, epitomize better business, use innovation to motivate employees, implement creative compensation programs and more.

A program of the National Association for Business Resources, The Best and Brightest Companies to Work For®  evaluates companies based on categories such as communication, work-life balance, employee education, diversity, recognition, and retention.

“Being selected as a Best and Brightest Company to Work For® demonstrates our focus and commitment to maintain the exceptional work environment we have created here at Vertikal6 since day one. Our team is like family, and therefore all voices and opinions here matter. Because of that, our team is able to implement innovative HR and growth strategies, and have a lot of fun along the way, said Rick Norberg, Vertikal6 CEO.

This year’s winners will be recognized at a symposium and awards gala on Monday, October 28, 2019 at the Westin Copley Place downtown Boston. The complete list of 2019 winners includes companies such as Ace Hardware, Aldi, and bevi.

“Profitability and stability is essential for businesses in today’s economic climate. Companies that recognize that their employees are the key to their success achieve staying power. Our 2019 winners create their human resource standards to ensure employee satisfaction and they set standards for every business to aspire toward,” said Jennifer Kluge, President and CEO, National Association for Business Resources. “We are proud to honor this year’s winners.”

Companies that distinguish themselves as having the most innovative and thoughtful human resources approach and an impressive commitment to their employees are selected. The Best and Brightest programs identify, recognize, and celebrate organizations that epitomize better business, richer lives, and stronger communities.

An independent research firm evaluates each company’s entry, based on key measures in various categories.  They include Compensation, Benefits and Employee Solutions; Employee Enrichment, Engagement and Retention; Employee Education and Development; Recruitment, Selection and Orientation; Employee Achievement and Recognition; Communication and Shared Vision; Diversity and Inclusion; Work-Life Balance; Community Initiatives; and Strategic Company Performance.

 

About Vertikal6

Vertikal6 is a full-service IT consultant serving the Greater New England area. They offer IT Outsourcing, Professional Services, Hosting Services, Software Development and Help Desk to help their clients maximize revenue and uptime. As one of Providence Business News’ (PBN) fastest growing and most innovative companies in 2014 and 2019, a PBN Best Places to Work in 2016-2019, and a 2019 Boston Best & Brightest Company to Work For, they understand the impact of hard work and efficiency. They work hard to partner with their clients to understand the specific needs of their company and employees. To learn more about Vertikal6, visit www.vertikal6.com.

 

About the Best and Brightest Programs

The Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® is a program of the National Association for Business Resources that provides the business community with the opportunity to gain recognition, showcase their best practices and demonstrate why they are an ideal place for employees to work. This national program celebrates those companies that are making better business, creating richer lives and building a stronger community as a whole. The “Best and Brightest Companies to Work For®” is a national program with annual symposium and award galas presented in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Houston, Milwaukee, San Diego and San Francisco.

 

CONTACT:

Jennifer Giardino

Tel. 401-239-3900 Ext. 1

jennifer@hulafishcreative.com

Jenna Barboza Honored with 2018 Tech Collective Award

Jenna Barboza

Join us in congratulating our Service Operations Manager, Jenna Barboza! On Nov. 15, 2018 she will receive a 2018 Tech Collective Next Tech Generation Award, an honor that celebrates outstanding up-and-coming technology professionals. A graduate of the New England Institute of Technology, Jenna joined Vertikal6 via our Apprentice program almost three years ago and has never looked back. She motivates her teammates and goes above and beyond to assist our clients on a daily basis. We are amazed by her everyday and this award is proof that hard work pays off! Congratulations Jenna!

We took a few minutes to catch up with Jenna and ask her a few questions about her career, how she leads her job and her passion for technology.

  1. You were recently promoted to Service Operations Manager. What does this job entail? In this role, I will lead the Service Desk and NOC teams and work in a cross-functional capacity with the engineering teams to maintain and enhance our overall delivery of service. I am also excited to continue to grow and improve upon our recruiting efforts and internal training methods and systems. It is a passion for me to help my teammates move along their career paths to reach their professional goals as well as ensure that Vertikal6 fosters top technical talent.
  2. How do you prioritize training for your team? At Vertikal6, we hire our Level I Support staff as apprentices, so I oversee the in-depth training and certifications necessary to shape these apprentices into skilled technicians with a wide breadth of IT knowledge. We want everyone at Vertikal6 to be trained to the highest industry standard while delivering outstanding customer service. My approach to training aligns nicely with our company culture – keep it fun, challenging and collaborative. It’s always rewarding to see my team truly excited to come to work every day and continue to learn.
  3. What is your favorite part about your job? The favorite part of my job is making work fun for my team. Help Desk can be an extremely stressful job, so I am grateful to work for a company that allows me to put a stronger focus on making it an enjoyable position. Although we have a large amount of exciting company-wide perks and events, the focus I have is to make training fun. The apprentices have to complete two certifications which can be overwhelming, so making the training fun is a great way to relieve some of their stress. It’s important to me that they are excited to learn and grow their skills, so I am constantly developing new ways to train them. We often have competitions based on training videos or daily goals, and occasionally even play Jeopardy with questions based on skills, SOP’s, and even client specific details.
  4. How do you envision your work or innovation changing technological, business and/or cultural environments? I hope that the work I do will help change the hiring and training process within the technology field. At Vertikal6, we hire apprentices in order to train our team based on our core values. We focus a great deal of our training on how to utilize all resources available. This enables the techs to be much more independent when assisting clients and allows them to grow towards high positions much sooner than normal. If this process becomes more widely accepted then there will be more opportunities available at an entry-level. Self-taught techs and even people from different fields will be able to more easily enter this growing and rewarding field.
  5. How did you become interested in working within the technology fields?  My passion for technology was sparked by my grandfather’s own interest in tech. He was always buying the newest machines and gear, so once he saw my interest growing he began giving me all of his older machines. I finally realized it was time to start committing myself to a career in technology when I was working in healthcare and noticed that I had become the unofficial IT technician for the company.
  6. Describe some of your greatest technology accomplishments. My personal greatest technology accomplishments have been with Vertikal6. Since joining the company as an Apprentice in February 2016, I have earned four major promotions. I grew from an entry-level Apprentice to a Level I Associate and then to a Support Team Lead, all by December of 2016. Exactly a year later I was promoted to Service Desk Manager, and most recently Service Operations Manager. I have always had such a strong passion for technology and Vertikal6 has made it such a satisfying career for me. I worked so hard to be where I am today, and I am so grateful to have a company behind be that supports me and rewards me for my hard work and dedication.
  7. Where do you see yourself in five years? I hope to still be with Vertikal6! It truly is an amazing company to work for and I hope to see the company grow while actively growing along with it. Seeing the people that I train move to higher positions has been extremely rewarding for me, so I’m excited to see where they continue to go and the amazing achievements they will have with Vertikal6. I look forward to the new and interesting positions that will become available as the company grows.

 

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